We recently bid a 3,000 square foot custom home in the heart of Silicon Valley. I grew up in a 1910 Sears Catalog home that would sell for $180,000 today. $1,000,000 is an insane amount of money. Except it’s quite common today.
At $333 per square foot I have to admit, I was surprised this wasn’t more expensive…
Because this home is in the most expensive real estate market in the country. People can spend $1,000+ per square foot in this town.
Because it is designed with magazine quality, fantasy finishes.
So, let’s see what kind of goodies techies drop their money on:)
These are the five big purchases that I find most interesting:
– Fancy staircase
– Special cut hardwood flooring
– 4 exquisite bathrooms (in a three bedroom home)
– Custom kitchen cabinets
– A 10 piece wall of windows and sliding doors.
Here are some details about these finishes:
– A special order $38,000 staircase. This is the kind you’ll see in Dwell Magazine. The staircase has floating wooden steps, a structural steel stringer, steel supports, and a metal wire railing.
– 35,000 hardwood flooring that is “rift sawn”. Rift sawn is the most expensive way to harvest wood from a tree trunk, it’s also the hardest and most durable.
– $5,600 in glass shower doors, tile everywhere, waterproof floors throughout.
– $36,000 in custom kitchen cabinets
– 10 part glass doors running the full length of the kitchen and living area. A truly open living area like this, in earthquake country, with another story above requires that you build the walls like building a steel skyscraper vs. a traditional wood framed house.
To see some of the design of this home, and the full budget, you can read another post here.
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